Courtesy Deborah Kim
A brush fire close to Calabasas shut down lanes of the 101 Freeway and threatened homes Sunday afternoon, August 18, 2013.
Update 6:11 p.m.: Car fire spreads to Calabasas hill, shuts roads
Firefighters have gained control of a brush fire in a wealthy enclave northwest of Los Angeles that forced closure of several lanes of U.S. 101.
County fire officials say the fire, which was sparked by a car fire on the side of the road Sunday afternoon, spread uphill and burned 50 acres. The fire was near a condominium complex.
The California Highway Patrol shut down several westbound lanes of the freeway, and off-ramp to Las Virgenes Road, for about two hours. The closures caused traffic to back up for miles.
Update 4:15: Brushfire shuts down 101 near Calabasas
Firefighters are battling a blaze that was sparked by a car fire on the side of U.S. 101 and has spread to a grassy hill in Calabasas, a wealthy enclave northwest of Los Angeles.
Los Angeles County Fire dispatch supervisor Cheryl Sims says the fire, which was reported shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, has burned a few acres and may be threatening a home. Calabasas is home to several gated communities.
ABC7 reports the blaze has prompted evacuations.
The California Highway Patrol shut down 3 westbound lanes of the freeway, and off-ramp to Las Virgenes Road, as a plume of smoke rises near the roadways.
The Los Angeles Times reported the fire was sparked by a car fire along the route.